Micromine UK has committed to hosting a series of MICROMINE Introduction Courses, aimed at geologists who are currently unemployed or working minimal hours. In educating geologists about Micromine’s premier mine design solution, MICROMINE, the course aims to increase attendees’ employment prospects. The initiative was developed in response to the economic downturn, which has resulted in significantly fewer employment opportunities within the geological industry.The MICROMINE Introduction Course is the only course of its kind, and has been endorsed by the Geological Society of London, the United Kingdom’s recognised professional body for geoscientists. James Hogg, UK Technical manager, commented “The course has been applauded by industry members as a necessary offering. Not surprisingly, participants perceive the course as a personal investment in their career”.Hogg continues “An employee’s software knowledge is a valuable asset and almost always considered when seeking employment. Mining companies look favourably on candidates with both a broad knowledge base and existing software skills”. The aim of the course is to familiarise participants with MICROMINE, one of the most commonly used 3D modelling software programs in the industry. The intention is to increase their knowledge base and skill set, making them a more valued prospect to future employers.Hugh Stuart, Vice President Exploration at Redback Mining, commented “Software training is necessary for young geologists entering the workforce. Redback is an extensive user of Micromine’s products and services and commends Micromine for introducing attendees to MICROMINE and providing a positive start to their careers”. The course is comprised of two modules which run as separate courses; Introduction to MICROMINE and Exploration. The course was held twice in 2009, with the next one scheduled for 6-7 July, 2010. Each course has reached maximum capacity and included attendees from as far as France and Albania. It is available to geologists who are currently unemployed or working minimal hours for a nominal fee which covers the cost of the course.